I know you hate it, you've made that abundantly clear. But your criteria and criticisms, at least the ones you've mentioned in the thread, are all based around it being dogmatically faithful to the Iron Man mythos/comics. I know very little about Iron Man besides what people have told me and bits I've picked up, so I'm judging it on its quality as a coherent movie and part of its trilogy arc, and it does very well there. And I'm not alone in thinking it either along the general moviegoing populace, based on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.
Again, agree to disagree. Lousy pacing, kid sidekick, plot twists that don't pay off, ridiculously over-the-top villains, extremely weak motivations and personalities behind said villains (for anyone who criticized the dark elves from Thor 2, it's pretty much the same), lack of quantity and quality as far as really in-depth action sequences that the other MCU films have set the bar for, incredibly lame performance by the Iron Legion in the final battle, no-stakes girlfriend rescue even after she falls into fire (nobody thought she was actually dead so what was the point?), and once again she had to emasculate the hero by finishing the villain like in the first movie. None of that has to do with dogmatically following the comics, purely about elements of filmmaking, screenwriting and directorial decisions that made it suck. The rest of the concerns that are somewhat dogmatic are still valid, however. How much better, for instance, would the actual Mandarin have been than Killian? Someone actually worthy of having the Iron Legion go all-out and still not be sure of victory; Those ten rings are no joke.
Two rumors floating about for Suicide Squad. There is talks that they are going to be adding and casting Dr. Hugo Strange for the movie. Also, rumor two is Joe Manganiello might be in talks to take on the role of Deathstroke since he exited Scream Queens. I could see him playing the role and he would be back in a superhero movie since playing Flash Thompson in Spider-man with Tobey Maguire.
If they're adding Dr. Hugo Strange. Would love to see someone like Eric Roberts play him.
Hugo Strange? Already too many Batman rogues as it is, why don't they branch out a bit more? Plus, Eric Roberts was already in TDK trilogy. And he was the voice of Mongul in the Justice League series. Why not give him a break from DC for a while?